Sharon Tube, which is a part of the
JMC Steel Group, specializes in A513
Type 5 and Type 6 DOM tubing and
A513 Type 1 ERW (as welded) tubing.
as strong industries for some time to
come,” he said.
And the sudden interest in natural
gas may also lead to additional opportunities from the industries supporting the expansion of that resource,
Zekelman said. He said the opportunities in that industry are “massive”
for Sharon Tube, which could supply
products for a spectrum of equipment,
from hydraulic cylinders to sucker
rods for tanks. But he said the plant
expansion is a work in progress, so
the company won’t get ahead of itself.
“We would want to eat the meal
that’s in front of us first,” Zekelman
said. “We have a lot to do to get to
a comfortable level (with the expan-
sion). We are going to build the busi-
ness up and sustain it.”
The upgrades also will let Sharon
Tube respond more quickly to cus-
tomer demands, Zekelman said. “Our
customers need very quick delivery
and they need flexibility in the man-
ufacturing process,” he said. “This
plant is very efficient, very flexible and
our on-time delivery is phenomenal.
“To bring that into the bigger size
range is key and it will be a differen-
tiator for us.”
Improvements in technology at the
plant also increase the company’s
ability to better meet the precise
requirements for specific wall thick-
nesses and openings, he said.
“The tolerances here are very
incredible and unique and the new
equipment brings even better capabilities to hold those tolerances,” he
said. “This end of the tubing business
is much more about precision than it
is a commodity type product — it’s an
art form here.
“In the end, lives depend on it.
Some of this equipment is operat-
ed under extreme conditions, lifting
heavy loads, with people around.
These things can’t fail.”
Zekelman said that Sharon Tube
benefits from the synergy with other
JMC holdings because they can sup-
ply raw materials and that if Sharon
Tube was a stand-alone business, it
would have had to put its own tube
mill in and make other upgrades that
would have made the expansion pro-
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